meet our team

Herts Inclusive Theatre is based in Watford, Hertfordshire and is run by a small team of dedicated theatre professionals.

Caroline Stevens, Director

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Caroline joined Herts Inclusive theatre in 2009 as Artistic Director, having previously worked for London Bubble, Trestle Theatre Company, Srishti, The New Theatre Royal, Harrow Arts Centre as well as working as a freelance practitioner and director. She gained a BA from Winchester University in Community Theatre, Drama and Media, through which she specialised in theatre with children with Autism and Life debilitating illnesses. Caroline was delighted to represent HIT as a Paralympic Torchbearer in 2012 and perform in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Caroline is a community board member for Nationwide Building Society's community grant scheme.

caroline@hit-theatre.org.uk

Liz Pilny, Fundraising Manager

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Liz started fundraising in 2004 for Grove House Hospice in St Albans, where she worked for 8 years. She has since fundraised for Watford Mencap, and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. She has a wealth of knowledge in Community Fundraising and is an experienced networking in the Watford and St Albans area.

Although she has no direct experience in the arts, her children do. Her daughter is a professional actress, having worked in tv and theatre across the UK and her son is a Creative Video Director, making adverts and music videos in Sydney Australia.

Her main interest is cycling and she is proud to have completed the John O’Groat’s to Land’s End challenge in 2011. Her next big cycle challenge is The Prudential 100.

liz@hit-theatre.org.uk

Kerry Kavanagh, Project and Volunteer Manager

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Kerry started work in the voluntary sector as a Regional Support Assistant at BBC Children in Need within London and the SE. In this role she gained a huge amount of experience into the behind the scenes workings of a wide range of different charities and voluntary groups. From there she moved onto a similar role at Help a London Child with an added element of connecting grant making to radio. Kerry then jumped over into the world of fundraising and used her grant making knowledge at Resources for Autism.  Since 2015 Kerry decided to follow her dream of opening a coffee shop and has successfully continued to run a community based coffee shop at the heart of a thriving community.

Kerry has thrown herself into fundraising over the years and ran the London Marathon, took part in a tandem skydive and walked over hot coals to name a few.

kerry@hit-theatre.org.uk

Katherine Leonard, Administrator

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In 2017, Katherine graduated in Arts and Events Management from the Arts University Bournemouth and has been working in the arts sector since. Whilst at University she learned of her passion for community arts, leading her to produce creative events and opportunities for people in the local area.

In her spare time, Katherine puts her strong interest in the arts to practice through making ceramics. She also assists at our Colourful Minds art therapy sessions and leads our social art group Art in Mind in Hemel Hempstead.

katherine@hit-theatre.org.uk

Rosie Cosgrove, Lead Project Facilitator, Children and Youth

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Rosie is a director, theatre maker and workshop leader originally from the Scottish Highlands who has been passionate about the performing arts since childhood. She graduated from East 15 Acting school's BA Acting and Community Theatre in 2014 with a first class honours and since then has worked extensively within the community arts sector including joining the HIT team as a workshop leader in 2016.

Rosie has recently returned to Hertfordshire from a year abroad in Toronto, Canada. During her time there she worked with Ahuri Theatre, Young People's Theatre and Soulpepper to help promote disability inclusion and visibility within the arts. 

rosie@hit-theatre.org.uk

Emma Harrington, Lead Project Facilitator, Adults

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Emma joined as a volunteer in 2003 and has since had a long standing relationship with Herts Inclusive Theatre and has played an integral part in the growth and success of the charity.
Emma is very passionate about the arts and working with people of all abilities. She has worked with children, young people and adults for over 16 years and has a wealth of knowledge of how to work in an inclusive environment.
Emma is the Lead Project Facilitator for Adults at HIT. She is also a qualified yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing practitioner specialising in working with people of all abilities.

emma@hit-theatre.org.uk

Eloise Murphy, Project Coordinator

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Eloise has always had a love for all things theatre and the arts. Having taken part in theatre from a young age, she went on to graduate from Loughborough University with a degree in Drama with a Minor in Business in 2017.

During her time at University, Eloise was lucky enough to Production Manage several projects including her final year performance and two shows that were taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. Additionally, she played a large part within the Stage Society, becoming the Backstage Representative and an integral part of the production for their shows.

Eloise also has experience within TV, as in 2015 she was part of the production team for a new CBBC show.

eloise@hit-theatre.org.uk

Lucy Smart, Project Assistant

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Lucy graduated in 2019 from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she studied BA (hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. She has been a part of theatre performances and workshops in many different community settings such as libraries, nurseries, schools and hospitals.

Her passion for community theatre continued to grow when she volunteered with theatre companies such as Blink Dance Theatre and Access All Areas who both specialise in Inclusive theatre practice. Lucy was fortunate enough to become a Creative Partner on Royal Central’s and Access All Areas’ collaborative Performance Making Diploma where she supported adults with learning disabilities throughout their studies. She also worked alongside her degree as a Performing Arts Teacher in early years. Now that her studies are complete Lucy is looking forward to working in the arts and being creative everyday!

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Janita Morrell, Workshop Volunteer Assistant

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Janita has worked with HIT since 2010. She has a wealth of experience within the entertainment industry; her first professional performance was at the age of 4 in a family act with her late sister Juel, brother John and her father Eddie, who was a well-known comic in the thirties onwards. She has worked with many “old” performers, Tommy Trinder, Charlie Chester, The Seekers to name but a few, over a period of 25 years.

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Ellie Short, Workshop Practitioner

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Ellie has worked as a theatre practitioner and actress for almost 13 years. She has worked extensively in inclusive theatre, including previously being Head of Children’s Theatre at East End Shed Inclusive Theatre. Ellie is currently Creative Learning Officer at Churchill Theatre Bromley. Coming to Hemel Hit Theatre on Saturdays is one of her favourite parts of the week!

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Board

Chair
Gayle Bryans

Treasurer
David Duncan

Secretary
Position vacant

Trustees
Christine Armstrong
Stephen Cavinder
Helen Elliott
Aniela Perriam
Amy Lazzerini
Michael Lewis